The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Scott Smith, Charleston, Ill. city manager observes the damages of the five-car accident on the intersection of University Drive and Lincoln Ave on Sept. 19, 2021.

BREAKING NEWS: Man dead following 5-vehicle wreck

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief September 20, 2021

A man fleeing the police in a car chase through Charleston that led to a 5-vehicle wreck is dead, according to the Illinois State Police. He was pronounced dead at a hospital following the wreck. The...

Lunar eclipse to occur Wednesday morning

Luke Taylor, Editor-in-Chief May 25, 2021

The first total lunar eclipse in over two years will occur early Wednesday morning and will be made even more special as it is combined with a supermoon. Donald Pakey, Doctor of Physics and director...

UPD officers serve up floats

Janet Pernell, Multicultural reporter October 5, 2016

Students lined up outside of Coleman Hall Wednesday afternoon to be handed cups of root beer floats by officers from the University Police Department. The University Board has put together a social...

The Rotary Community Aquatic Center opened at 4 p.m. Thursday because of the unseasonably cold temperatures. Attendence of the pool has been lowered by the rainy week.

Aquatic classes available at Rotary pool

Tony Komada, Online Editor July 9, 2015

Session two of the swimming lessons offered by the Rotary Community Aquatic Center began on Monday and will continue through July 17. “Learning how to swim is life changing,” said Gena Bunch-Epperson,...

New PFLAG chapter to support local LGBT, parents

Derrin Coad, Staff Reporter July 7, 2015

A new chapter of PFLAG has opened up in Charleston and members are eager to offer support to LGBT children and their parents. The new Charleston chapter of PFLAG, which stands for Parents and Friends...

Slideshow: Charleston Fourth of July 2015

July 6, 2015

This was the 25th year of the Charleston, Ill. Red, White & Blue Days. These activities took place July 4, 2015 at Morton Park, including a Chalk-In hosted by the Coles County Arts Council, water hose...

City Council to select mayor at emergency meeting

Staff Report June 29, 2015

The Charleston City Council will have an emergency meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall to officially select a mayor to fill the vacancy of Larry Rennels. Rennels, who died in office Thursday,...

Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, a rock band from Champaign, will perform at 2:30 p.m. July 4 at Morton Park for Red, White & Blue Days. From left to right, members are: Mark Rubel, bass; Timmy Ray, guitar; Buster B. Dordaun, drums; Roger Prillman, keys; and Tary Powers, sax.

1950s-inspired band to rock Fourth of July

Tony Komada, Online Editor June 29, 2015

Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets, a '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll band based out of Champaign, is set to play at 2:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July at Morton Park for Charleston's Red, White and Blue Days. The...

Butch Hackett calls the game Sunday afternoon during the Harold Hackett Memorial Bingo Game. The bingo game is named after his late father who was active in the community and the originator of the annual bingo game. Butch and his brother Dave are carrying on with their father’s tradition. Butch has been active in this event for the past 20 years.

Photo Gallery: Fourth of July Bingo

Josh Saxton, Photo Editor June 28, 2015

Visitation, funeral services set for Rennels

Staff Report June 26, 2015

Services for Larry Rennels, the mayor of Charleston who died Thursday morning at age 67, have been set. Family, friends and community members may attend a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 28...

Charleston Mayor Larry Rennels displays the next years fiscal budget at the conclusion of the City Council meeting on April 21 at City Hall.  Rennels died Thursday morning.

Mayor of Charleston dies Thursday morning

Stephanie Markham, Editor-in-Chief June 25, 2015

Editor's Note: This story has been updated as of 9 p.m. 6/25/15. Charleston Mayor Larry Rennels died at about 7 a.m. Thursday at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon. He was 67. Coles County...

Jeff Riggs, his wife Kristen Riggs and their son Caleb Riggs watch the fireworks display at the Coles County Airport Friday as part of Red, White and Blue Days. The two-day celebration ended with the fireworks.

Red, White and Blue Days celebrates 25th anniversary

Tony Komada, Online Editor June 18, 2015

Red, White and Blue Days will begin June 28 and continue through July 5, celebrating its 25-year anniversary as well as honoring the 40-year anniversary of the Vietnam War. Festivities will take place...

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